New public swimming pool ‘comes first’ – Chitty
TOODYAY may be able to cool off in a new public swimming pool by Christmas next year, says Shire Deputy President Therese Chitty.Read more
Cr Chitty pledged that a new Toodyay pool would get priority under a new $4.7 million Federal Government sport and recreational grant announced last month.
“The pool will be built first,’ she said.
“I hope it will be ready by Christmas next year.”
Last month’s announcement by local Liberal MP and Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter ends decades of community despair over Toodyay’s lack of a public swimming pool.
The announcement – ahead of what is expected to be a closely fought Federal Election due by next May – means Toodyay will get a six-lane 25-metre swimming pool, ‘splash pad’, learn-to-swim area, seating and barbecue area on shire-owned land near the town’s high school.
The money will also be used to build a rectangular field for hockey, soccer and rugby, multi-use outdoor courts for tennis, basketball and netball, changerooms and a viewing area.
“Learning how to swim is an integral part of Australian life, which is why a public swimming pool in Toodyay is so critical,” Mr Porter said.
“Toodyay has never had a public swimming pool, and the community has clearly identified its desire for a pool and improved sporting facilities as high priorities.
“This will have major flow-on benefits across the Toodyay community, including economic, social and job creation, ensuring the region continues to thrive and prosper into the future.”
Local WA National MP Shane Love, whose party pledged $10 million for a Toodyay pool before the former Barnett government lost last year’s State election, said it was now “only fair that the McGowan State Government chips in with a matching share to ensure its success”.
“Research has shown that aquatic facilities offer enormous social and health benefits to communities that have access to them.
“Full realisation of the project is now contingent on the State Government stepping up and committing funds to ensure its success.”
Toodyay Shire President Brian Rayner told last month’s council meeting that work on the new sports and recreation precinct “must be commenced as soon as possible”.
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved over the last three to four years by way of making submissions for grant funding to Federal and State Government agencies, and to other organisations who have helped to raise money,” President Rayner said.